Selma man sentenced on federal gun charge

Selma man sentenced on federal gun charge

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A Selma man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

According to U.S. Attorney Richard Moore, Michael Watts, 40, was sentenced to two years and three months of incarceration for possession of two firearms after previously being convicted of two felonies, first-degree assault and shooting into an occupied building.

Moore said Watts entered a guilty plea on Feb. 19 and admitted in open court that on Dec. 3, 2018, Dallas County sheriff’s deputies were working a driver’s license checkpoint on County Road 81 in Selma and Watts was asked to provide his license at the checkpoint. The deputies could smell marijuana inside the vehicle and asked Watts and the passenger in the car to exit. Before the deputies could conduct a safety check, Watts told them he had two guns, which were seized from his front pocket.

The sheriff’s office, along with ATF special agents, investigated the case.

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